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6 Renovations That Salvage Construction Materials From Old Homes

British writer Stewart Brand famously said each part of a building has a lifespan: its decays, degrades, or becomes unnecessary. He advocated designs that were simple and easy to modify; residents and architects could easily replace elements as they decayed or turned useless. Similarly, we can lessen our environmental impact by salvaging and re-using healthy materials from buildings that have failed.
October 1, 2015
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5 Houses from the '50s We Love

Whether renovated or restored, these five abodes from the peak of the midcentury modern movement are nifty as ever.
September 24, 2015
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An Open-Plan Renovation for a Boxy Edinburgh Home

A glass-walled addition designed by architect Níall Hedderman unifies kitchen, dining, and living at a compact 1930s home.
September 24, 2015
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5 Additions We Love

Whether providing additional space or a stream of natural light, these recent additions breathe new life into preexisting homes.
September 22, 2015
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7 Warehouse and Garages Transformed into Livable Spaces

Industrial structures are frequently excellent candidates for renovation: they feature large spaces that can be divided into conventional rooms or left open and airy. Designed for housing heavy goods and machinery, these buildings also have durable bones.
September 22, 2015
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A Historic Mexican Home Is Restored and Given a Modern Addition

This unique hybrid home in Mexico was designed for an architect by his student.
September 21, 2015
Dining room with sliding doors to garden in Brooklyn renovation by Elizabeth Roberts.

A Light-Filled Brooklyn Townhouse Features A Large Indoor-Outdoor Space for Entertaining

At more than 150 years old, this structure was a ruin when the architect and her clients found it. Now it's a stunning home designed with a growing family and hosting in mind.
September 20, 2015
Hutong entrance to Archstudio's renovation of a historic Beijing building.

An Historic Beijing Structure Gets a Modern Makeover

Chinese firm ARCHSTUDIO transforms a Qing Dynasty-era structure into a tea house that blends new and old.
September 14, 2015
Boston renovation with Fitzfelt prototype felt mural, carpet by Flor, chair and table by Jens Risom for Knoll.

Boston Renovation Accents Minimalist White with Rich Felt Murals

In Boston’s South End, a design-savvy couple creates a clean-lined home with a textural surprise.
September 13, 2015